Brazilian star Marta is a legend of the game, and this will give you chills.
In what could be her final appearance at a World Cup, the captain of Brazil issued a stirring, emotional message to Brazilian stars of the future.
“Cry at the beginning so you can smile at the end.”
Speaking after Brazil lost 2-1 to hosts France after extra time to be knocked out of the 2019 Women’s World Cup at the Round of 16, Marta’s incredible rallying cry has gone viral.
A veteran of five World Cups — she has scored at each tournament since 2003 and is the leading scorer all-time in World Cup tournaments with 17 goals — Marta and her Brazilian teammates have fought for equality and better treatment for female players in Brazil and across the world.
Marta is now 33 years old and along with her teammates Formiga (41) and Cristiane (34) a golden age of Brazilian soccer is close to ending, as they lost in the final of the WWC in 2007 and have reached the knockout rounds of each of the last six competitions.
Take a look below at her message in full, as she implored the next crop of Brazilian players to follow their lead.